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“Virtue may be defined as the conscious union of human weakness with divine strength’...To explain, Maximus says that if we rely on our own capability as if our natural powers are our strength, we confuse our human works with virtue. On the other hand, if  we “do not make an effort” to receive divine help and “transcend human weakness” with the power of God, we will fall short of virtue.” (St. Maximus the Confessor, Fr. Basil) 


“God who alone judges the great events of history through the prism of eternity acts according to what is most expedient for our salvation. Sometimes this means that our prayers are not answered in the way we would have wanted or expected. At other times, we are allowed to experience various trials and difficulties which compel us to recognize and acknowledge our all too human weakness, and thus oblige us to ask for the help and support of His almighty power. Many of us have experienced a spiritual reawakening precisely when we found ourselves immersed in the crucible of pain and suffering. Human strength, exposed for what it is, evaporates at times like this; in this dark region of human experience not unlike what we are enduring these very days, we are compelled to reach out to God in our suffering, and we behold that “out of our weakness we begin to be made strong.” (Fr. Andrew Demotses)


“A careful study of St. Paul’s letters makes it clear that we are saved not by our strength (or even our common faith): we are saved by our weakness. Grace is only truly complete and in its fullness in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). Strangely, we fear that our weakness (in its various manifestations) will drive others away. In truth, if others are not with you in your weakness, they are not truly with you. We gladly celebrate our strengths, and place great store by our perceived talents. Those things bring us awards and congratulatory attention. But we do not enter into communion through such things – they do not reside in that faculty of the heart where communion can be found. The communion we have with Christ is, strikingly, through His shed blood and His broken body. In a similar fashion, our capacity for communion lines up most closely with that which is most vulnerable – and hence – always very close to the places of our own wounds.” (Father Stephen Freeman)


“When we have accomplished all we can by ourselves, God will fulfill what is lacking because of human weakness…God uses weaknesses if we embrace them and offer them to Christ that His power may be displayed through them.” (Origen, Dynamis 6/29/2018)


“Compassion is central to Christian thinking and we should view sin as human weakness worthy of compassion not just accountability… Jesus espoused love, compassion and accountability for our beliefs and actions while at the same time suffering and dying out of love for us.” (Sacramental Living)

“A careful study of St. Paul’s letters makes it clear that we are saved not by our strength (or even our common faith): we are saved by our weakness. Grace is only truly complete and in its fullness in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9)…I think that the lived reality of God’s-grace-in-our-weakness is largely absent in contemporary…Strangely, we fear that our weakness (in its various manifestations) will drive others away. In truth, if others are not with you in your weakness, they are not truly with you.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

"When I take a good look at my weaknesses, on the other hand, I actually find strength and motivation. Because self-examination leads me both to understand my deficiencies and to seek help from God and other people. This doesn’t mean “letting myself off the hook” or “lowering the bar.” An understanding of my particular sinful patterns helps me see them for what they are, and that is, changeable. I do change and grow as I seek and receive help, in prayer and humble openness to myself and others." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“God is the vine, and we are only the branches. He is the Father, and we are the children; He is the physician and we are the patients in the need of healing. This is the kind of relationship we must cultivate, acknowledging our weakness and insignificance, and thereby allowing God to "over-take" us with His power, so that the delusions by which we have lived might be swept away, and in their place, God can assume His rightful place in our lives.” (Fr. Andrew Demotses)

“God meets you in your weakness, not in your strength. He comforts those who mourn, not those who live above desperation. He reveals Himself more often in darkness than in the happy moments of life.” (Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III)

“With all your weakness and helplessness, with all your frailties and infirmities, with all your sorrows and cares, He invites you to come to Him.” (John Dawson)

“It is often when we recognize our weaknesses that God’s strength becomes available.” (Life Application Study Bible, Psalms 102:3,4)

“...we do not need to let our weaknesses keep us from accomplishing great things for God, for God has the power and grace to turn our weakness into strength." (Joseph O'Day)

“Our faith and the values of this world are on a collision course. If we expect pain and suffering to come, we will not be shocked when they occur. We can take comfort in knowing that Jesus also suffered. He understands our fears, our weaknesses....He promised never to leave us...and he intercedes on our behalf....In times of pain, persecution, or suffering, trust confidently in Christ.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Thessalonians 1:6)

“While those in the grip of Christ’s love will never experience ultimate defeat, there is a profound sense in which we must face our struggles now knowing there may be no real relief this side of God’s new creation. We may wrestle with a particular weakness all our lives. But the call remains: Go into battle.” (Wesley Hill)

“God understands how weak our will is and how easily we are overwhelmed at times, so He sets others at our side. As we falter our friends are there to strengthen us and tug us back from the abyss” (Anne Marie Gazzolo)

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